What Breaks Mean To the Overly Ambitious
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What Breaks Mean To the Overly Ambitious

Quit slackin' and make shit happen.

It means there isn't actually such thing as a fucking break. You're now just another kind of busy, but hey, that's cool with you. You've got names to take and shit to do. Better get to work.

1.Getting serious work done for your side hustle. Whether you contribute to a few websites, are working on a startup with a few similarly ambitious pals, or doing some freelance work on the side, what is meant to be three weeks of freedom is not. It's actually just three weeks to seriously get some shit done. Whatever hustle you pushed to the side can now be your sole focus and there is no doubt that it will be.

2.Doing some work on personal projects. When you aren't working on a side hustle, you can get back to focusing on personal projects. Websites, art projects, whatever it is you do - now is your chance to do it. You now have time to focus on cleaning up and improving work you've already done as well as time to start promoting and spreading the word that you're working on something really fucking awesome.

3.Spending hours researching and applying to internships. Because for 365 days a year, all your mind actually is doing is figuring out how you can start breaking into your industry. You're consumed by making sure you take every opportunity to make connections and build experience. Summers aren't meant for relaxing at the beach, they are meant for working your ass off to get yourself where you want to be after college. To you, it was time to start looking for that internship yesterday, and now that you have time, you're going to start making moves.

4.Figuring what else you can do to build your resume. Your mind is a constant cycle of questions. What am I doing now? What else can I be doing? What clubs can I join? What internships are hiring? What new website can I write for? Your resume is your baby and you're determined to make that thing as impressive and unique as possible. There's always more to be done and new endeavors waiting.

5.Brainstorming potential startups. Because once again, there is always more to be done and new opportunities to take. You know that one of the best ways to be successful after college is to graduate with a startup, so it's time to get started. You're an entrepreneur at heart, and you are looking for that idea to grab by the horns and run with.

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Advice on Getting an Internship for People With No Connections

You suck, but it's OK!

There is no sugar coating it: getting the right internship is just as important as going to college at this point. While it can be stressful, it is more than possible to score yourself an internship.

A year ago, being a girl from small-town Indiana, I would have told you finding an internship in an industry almost foreign to my state would be impossible. Now, I've been to New York City for one and am on my way back this summer for not one, but two more internships. Here's some pro advice on doing what you think can't be done from someone who's been there.

1.Attend every career fair.
I know so many people who have gotten amazing internships from career fairs. While they can sometimes seem like a hassle, they are so worth it if you're serious about your future. Prepare a resume and research information on the companies you want to hit while you're there.

They'll be impressed that you know your shit; and if they feel like they're important to you, you'll become more important to them. While seeing a list of big companies can be intimidating and the "why would they want someone like me" mentality is an easy one to pick up on, there is a reason they're coming to your school: They're looking for people like you.

2. Figure out where alumni work.
This can be really helpful simply because people like to hire other people from their alma mater. While, of course, you have to have the credentials, school pride holds a lot of weight in the job market. Universities often have a list of alumni at big companies somewhere on their website, but if you don't find what you're looking for there, use the LinkedIn search options or visit your career center.

3. Search company websites.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and companies will typically have a career section. This is a good place to find out if the company is hiring interns or at least a good place to find an email and a name to contact with inquiries.

4. Find exact names and emails.
While this can sometime be extremely difficult, finding a way to contact a real person (not just jobs@whatever.com) is extremely helpful and important. A lot of times these won't be right on the careers page, but there are ways to find who you're looking for. Sometimes it takes serious investigation of the company's website; and sometimes it takes a little cyber-stalking.

I've gotten emails from searching names of people I know who work there and the name of the company. Sometimes they have their email out on other social and professional platforms. This works especially well for magazine internships. Search the internet and try to find the email format of the company you want to apply for, ie. firstname@companyname.com. The next step is as simple as finding the names of people in the department you want to work for (in a magazine check out the masthead towards the front) plug the name into the email format, and send away.

Search the internet and try to find the email format of the company you want to apply for, ie. firstname@companyname.com. Next step is as simple as finding the names of people in the department you want to work for (in a magazine check out the masthead towards the front) plug the name into the email format and send away.

5. Find websites that post internships.
While I can't tell you specific sites for all industries, for those of you looking for fashion or editorial internships, check out freefashioninternships.com (where I scored my first internship). These kinds of websites post who's looking for what kind of intern, as well as either information to send your resume to or an application right there you can fill out.

6. Ask around.
You'd be surprised how many potential connections are around you. Maybe one of your dad's coworkers knows someone, or maybe a friend of a family friend works for the company where you're trying to intern. Spread the word and see what happens.

7. Talk to professors.
A lot of professors actually worked in the industry their classes center on. Their prior field experience can help you a lot. Make a point to become friends with your professors and attend their office hours. Eventually, you may find yourself in a position to ask if they could help you out a little on your internship hunt. Most likely, they'll be more than happy to do it.

8. Get involved.
This is a great way to meet people with similar interests, who then may have helpful connections. Whether it's writing for a website like FlockU or joining an on campus club. Even people your own age may have connections they're willing to share.

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The Best Goodwill Donation Ever

No way I'd turn it in.

Every day, countless items are donated to Goodwill, to be resold for a lower price to those that can afford the items.

Drugs, on the other hand, work in the exact opposite way. Which is why when a cooler was donated to Goodwill, people were shocked with just how generous the donation was!

Can you blame the cop for being that happy? He knows damn well that he's confiscating that for "investigation"... one which will require him to determine just exactly what type of weed it is, working up close and personal with it.

Also, how on EARTH do you turn this in? It's literally Christmas Day, The Fourth of July, and April 20th all packed up for you with no cost. Shit, you could even give your friends birthday gifts with this, and still have enough for yourself to last the next __________ (insert time based off of how much you smoke).

Am I wrong for this? No shot! It's not like Goodwill can flip it for another few pounds, and start their own side hustle.

Note to self: Weedwill in Colorado. You sell weed that's already been vaporized for a lower price. If anyone steals this idea, I'm coming for you.

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8 Side Hustles for College Students

Everyday I'm hustlin'...

College is expensive as hell, and part-time jobs are where dreams go to die. Scholarships only cover so much, and your pizza habit is expensive to maintain. It pays to get creative. Here's some side hustle ideas to get you started.

Become a tutor. If you know your stuff and you're a decent writer, odds are you can tutor some of your less fortunate classmates. Charge by the hour or set a flat fee for your services. Offer to make dorm visits or meet at a coffee shop. Your school might even have some of these positions available on-campus, so that's a great place to start.

Start a blog. Blogging freed me from having to work two part-time jobs while in school. It's really easy to start a blog of your own, and you can rant about whatever you want! If you generate enough traffic, you can make some cash selling ad space and promoting products.

Become Insta/Twitter famous. Did you know getting a ton of likes can actually pay? If you have over 1,000 followers, you're probably eligible for some product promotion! Check out platforms like Izea and Adly, which connect social media accounts to companies.

Sell on Etsy. Are you a DIY prodigy? Set up a store on Etsy, invest in a little bit of advertising, and watch your bank account soar.

Write for money. Freelance writing can be really profitable nowadays. Companies and blogs are looking for millennials who are passionate about writing and can connect to a young audience. Put together a portfolio and check out job boards on places like ProBloggers to find openings. Or write for FlockU.

Rent a room. Do you live in an apartment with some extra space? Rent out a room on AirBnB where you can set your own conditions and prices. Just don't be like this guy.

Self publish. If you've got the dedication to write your own book, you can probably make some cash off of it. Amazon allows you to self publish your own work. Some works are more popular than others (think 50 Shades of Grey). Self help, teen fiction, and erotica are popular genres for Amazon readers. (Dinosaur erotica, anyone?)

Become a virtual assistant. If you're passionate about social media, this is a dream come true. A lot of online companies hire remote virtual assistants to schedule their social media; and they usually pay on an hourly basis.

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Group Projects As Told By The Office

When I die, I want my group project members to lower me into my grave so they can let me down one last time.

The Office is more than a TV show to binge watch on Netflix. It's a reflection of our lives and ourselves. They get us. Michael, Jim, Stanley-- they feel our pain. They know it's a hard world out there, especially when group projects roll around.

1.When professor announces a new group project.

And you begin to see the world around you crashing down. How the hell are you expected to work with other people?

2.Then tells you she chose the groups and you can't be with your bestie.

Who gave her the right to separate you two? Is she trying to ruin your friendship?

3.And you begin to wonder...

Nope, there most certainly is not. What kind of God could put his people through something so horrible as a group project? Most definitely the work of the devil.

4.That one person tries to run the whole show.

You just want to look at them and make sure they know they don't actually run the fucking world. This is a group project and you are not about to let some bitch boss you around.

5.And continues to put themselves in charge.

Lol that bitch is still trying to boss you around. Like can you maybe not for a sec?

6.You'd really rather be anywhere than at group meetings.

A-n-y-w-h-e-r-e. You spend the whole meeting listing things you could be doing instead, like jumping off a cliff.

7.The project ends--and you're completely drained

You will never be the same person you were. Group projects change you; and a little piece of you dies each time.

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One Rando Class Made Me a Better Person

Why you should think outside your major

This might sound crazy, but taking a Latin ballroom dancing class was one of the best decisions I made in college. It completely changed my college experience and my idea of exercise--and gave me a new sense of confidence. When it comes to college, sometimes it's the most random experiences, like taking Latin ballroom dancing, or something as random as Intro to Yo-Yo, that can completely change your perspective.

The first thing dancing salsa did for me was get me the fuck off campus. One of the more important things I did in college was not be there all the time. Having an activity or two to do with people who aren't in your classes and don't live down the hall is liberating. You get to diversify your social life, develop a more complete picture of the city in which you live, and have a chance to discover a new side of yourself. Sure, it's cool to be "Train Wreck Tara" or "Keg-stand Keith" for a while, but sometimes it's nice to embrace a new side of yourself.
Salsa also made exercise fun. Like most types of Latin dancing, it's incredibly sexy. The emphasis is on how you move, how you read the body language of your partner and how well you can lead or follow. I was always bored by running or lifting weights, so a social physical activity like salsa was right up my alley.
It made me more confident. This was (and still is) the main reason I love dancing. When I started, I knew nothing about dancing. After a few classes, I was able to see my hard work pay off, while also doing something both fun and social. Dancing improved my posture, my muscle tone, and made me feel more comfortable around new people. Constantly dancing with and in front of strangers allowed me to let my guard down and let go of my insecurities. We were all there to dance, so the rest was secondary.
Dancing salsa eventually led me to try other types of dancing: swing, the blues, even the hustle. I realized that my lack of a dancing background didn't limit me as much as I thought it would (Worth nothing: whatever you're doing, there are more beginners there than you realize!) Now I'm way less terrified of something new because I'm less scared to be a beginner and start something from scratch. And that's incredibly valuable.
Regardless of your interests, a lot of places offer a free drop-in or beginner lesson--so it's totally worth giving something a shot. College is a perfect time to explore. Unexpectedly finding something you love is one of the best experiences in this world, and finding something you don't love can be just as valuable in figuring out what you're all about.